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Planning for a summer road tripBack

Family on holidayIt’s the summer holidays and the roads are guaranteed to be busy this coming weekend as people set off on their holiday destinations across the UK and beyond.

If you are thinking about going on a trip in your car this summer, it is well worth doing some forward planning before you set off, to make the journey as easy and stress-free as possible.

A few simple tips can help things go smoothly and stop your road trip turning into a nightmare! Follow our list of helpful hints below on how to travel safely this summer.

Fill up first

Always make sure you have enough petrol in your car to make the journey to avoid refuelling stops which will cost you time and could also cost you more money. It is a well known fact that petrol stations on motorways often increase their prices to catch the unprepared motorist, so if your journey is short enough, try to fill up before you set off.

Some simple checks

There are a few simple checks that all drivers can and should make before setting off on any long journey. An oil check is very important and you should check your oil when the engine is cold and the car is parked on a level service. Checking your water levels in your radiator and also in the windscreen washer bottles is also essential and should also be carried out on a level service.

Keep it clean

It is well worth checking your car’s bodywork before you set off such as your wheels, fixtures and your mirrors and windows. It is important to make sure your windows are all clean both inside and out. You should also check all of your lights to ensure they are working properly and are clean.

Check your tyres

It is essential to check your tyre pressures and tread depth before you embark on a journey and you should also look for any tyre or wheel damage. You can check your tyre pressures at most garages or using a hand held monitor, and you will need to refer to your handbook to find out the correct setting for both your front and back tyres.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “Although motorways are our safest roads, they still see too many crashes and breakdowns. The hard shoulder isn’t the place to spend a holiday. Making regular checks can also save you a lot of money in the long run – it’s best to deal with minor problems and repairs as they happen, as they can get very expensive if left to build up over time.”


Posted by Leana Kell on 26/07/2013